Judge orders singer to pay law firm

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A judge has ordered Michael Jackson to pay $175,000 in overdue attorneys' fees to a law firm that sued the pop singer.

Superior Court Judge James Chalfant's order Monday means Jackson's legal bill to the law firm, Ayscough (AYS'-koff) & Marar, now totals more than $430,000. The firm sued Jackson in February 2006, claiming he didn't pay for services it rendered on his behalf.

The firm said it had obtained court orders to delay discovery in civil cases and kept information from being released during the singer's 2005 child molestation trial, according to the lawsuit.

In July, Chalfant said Jackson would have to pay the law firm $256,000 for unpaid fees. Monday's award compensates the law firm for having to hire a lawyer to sue Jackson.

Brent Ayscough, a partner at the law firm, said Jackson hasn't paid any of the money due.
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